On 22 June 2009, DEA Drug Enforcement Agency approval was received in the United States for a new pain drug called Tapentadol. The brand name is Nucynta. (noo-SIN-tah)
The new pain drug was especially approved for fibro and peripheral neuropathy because it affects opiate centers of brain and also noepinephrine in brain.
Another new drug that is the same as Tapentadol but a different brand is called Levorphanol (Levo-Dromoran).
It is because of the development of these 2 drugs that drugs such as vicodin, oxycontin, etc. are being considered to be taken off the market, because these control pain just as well but do not make a person high, especially a person who is not experiencing pain. They also have fewer side affects. These are the first new pain medicines to be developed for severe pain in 25+ years, since Tramadol (Ultram). It is considered to have a potency between morphine and tramadol (ultram).
Its dual mode of action provides analgesia at similar levels of more potent narcotic analgesics such as hydrocodone, oxycodone and morphine with more tolerable side affects.
So those of you who were worried about the other medicines being taken off the market, I don't think that will happen, but God always will help you find an alternative if something is taken away, and here is the new alternative. Trust your Heavenly Father who loves you. Hopefully soon we will all be healed or resurrected and not need to think about these things.